At 9 Promenade, chef Thiago Cunha arrays sizable tapas dishes for communal dining alongside more than 20 specialty martinis. Nestled into pastry dough cradles, baked brie snuggles under blankets of balsamic and raspberry glaze, lulled into a false sense of security as grapes and walnuts hum rounds of soothing lullabies. Diners sink cuspids into a stuffed mushroom's made-to-order crab-cake core, or slather nine chicken wings in jalapeno cilantro, hot buffalo, or barbecue sauce. Hardworking jaws relax with sips of a Pineapple Upside Down Cake martini—a concoction of Stoli Vanil vodka, pineapple, and grenadine. For a serving of liquid dessert decadence, the Red Velvet martini blends Finlandia Redberry Vodka, Eristoff Sloe Berry vodka, cranberry juice, and Bailey's Irish Cream, resulting in sophisticated fruity tones best enjoyed while sprawled across the top of a baby grand in a silk robe.
Heralded by the staff of the Charleston City Paper for its "cozy, candle-lit atmosphere" and selection of more than 100 wines, Uncorked Wine Bar caters to oenophiles with bottled and by-the-glass varietals from around the world. Artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and gourmet chocolates complement the sundry reds, whites, and a selection of craft beers.
Within the kitchen of Clemson Sushi Bar, chefs prepare the same creative sushi rolls and Asian cuisine offered at sister restaurant Calamari’s Sushi & More. They sear filets of oh-so-fresh tuna, simmer miso soup, and fry sizzling calamari. They also fashion specialty rolls such as the Monster roll, a medley of shrimp tempura, bacon, tuna, salmon, and shrimp—all served by a waiter wearing a Frankenstein mask. Vegetarians can also nosh on meat-free snacks such as rolls filled with marinated carrot and asparagus.
With the combined equivalent of an 86-year-old man's experience, it's safe to say the the trio of restaurateurs behind Casey's Sports Bar & Grille know what they're doing. Combining their expertise in the industry, the three created a family-friendly place to eat, drink great beer, and watch the game on one of their 40 televisions. With frequent events, they entertain visitors trivia nights and karaoke. Happy hours and specials take place almost every night of the week, so visitors can enjoy drinks ranging from margaritas to white russians.
In seven locations around the Charleston area, King Street Grille rolls out upscale pub fare and a few dozen flat-screen televisions. Full of contemporary versions of traditional bar favorites, the menu unfolds to reveal mac ‘n’ cheese egg rolls, nine types of grilled, hand-formed burgers, and plates weighed down with comforting entrees, such as pork chops and shepherd's pie. The bar stocks more than 100 beers and its own line of liquor to wash down meals or offer as gifts to the thirsty actors who reenact big games inside the TV. Throughout the week, the eatery pairs good food with good times by transforming its space into a venue for trivia nights, billiards, and live music.
Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., West End hosts its weekly wine tasting, encouraging oenophilic exploration amid the shop’s mahogany-shelved, bottle-lined walls. Palates pining for fermented flavors revel in four pours of generally smaller international labels from Australia, South America, and Middle Earth. Pairs brush up libation knowledge with info sheets for each wine while enjoying bite-size hors d’oeuvres served throughout the three-hour affair. Most couples tend to schmooze for an hour and a half, testing the quartet of flavors on tap and enjoying lively discussions about a varietal's vanilla notes and black-currant arpeggios.